The project began in 2012

The project began in 2012. File photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on members of the Catholic Community in Dominica to give 10 percent of what they own in the bank to the Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire, to assist in the completion of the Roseau Cathedral restoration project.

He was addressing a church service in Vieille Case on Sunday.

“I challenge you to give 10 percent of what you own in the bank to the Bishop and I am sure by one collection the Bishop can not only cover the Cathedral but have much more money left to decorate inside the Cathedral,” he said.

He said efforts on the project have to be redoubled.

“I think we really have to re-double our efforts as Catholics to assist the Bishop in raising the required funding for the completion of the Cathedral,” the Prime Minister noted. “I think everyone of us here has a responsibility…and we must re-double our efforts and really give a little more to the Bishop.”

Skerrit said he would really like to see the Cathedral covered and, “we can go back there to celebrate and to worship our Lord.”

In July 2016, Member of the Catholic Fund Raising Committee, Val Cuffy revealed that close to $3.6-million is still needed for the completion of the Roseau Roman Catholic Cathedral renovation project.

In an effort to raise the monies needed, the committee hosted a Grand Bazaar and a family fun day at the St Mary’s Academy grounds on August 14, 2016.

Cuffy said the church has raised over $6 million thus far and has spent over $5-million.

The Roseau Cathedral renovation project began in 2012, following the discovery of asbestos material.

In 2014, the government of Dominica contributed $500,000 towards the project.